Local residents in Rushcliffe are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form when it arrives through the post from July 10.
With County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections set to take place in the Borough next year, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
The form ensures that Rushcliffe Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
All residents are asked to follow instructions on the form and respond where required.
Where a response is needed, please complete the form online at www.householdresponse.com/rushcliffe.
Those who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.
Kath Marriott, Electoral Registration Officer at Rushcliffe said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible where required, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Rushcliffe.
“To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond where required.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.
“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”
Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.
Across Great Britain, 94 per cent of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered, compared to 40 per cent of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so.
Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.
There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at email@example.com by phoning 0115 981 9911.